Are you falling victim to Tom Cat Terror! Find out now
Q: We live in a block of flats and have a problem with our neighbour’s large tom cat. He climbs onto our balcony and terrorises our two cats. The owner of the tomcat suggests we keep the balcony window closed during the day so that her cat realises he can’t get in and then hopefully gives up. She keeps him inside at night only. Do you have any suggestions?
A: The tomcat could be attracted to cat food in your apartment, as they have a highly developed sense of smell, or he could be territorial and your cats could be within an area that he’s chosen as his own. If this cat hasn’t been neutered, you can insist that your neighbour do so.
To show the tom he’s unwelcome in your premises, spray him with a little diluted citronella oil in a water pistol – the oil is safe, but pets don’t like the taste, and once sprayed he’ll flee to a place of refuge and groom the liquid off his body, and may never return. You can spray the perimeter of your flat on a weekly basis as a safety measure, too.